Argyle (pattern)


Argyle (pattern)

The argyle (occasionally argyll) pattern is made of diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement. The word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture.

The argyle pattern is said to have been derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland.Fact|date=August 2008

It has seen a resurgence in popularity in the last few years, due to its adoption by Stuart Stockdale in collections produced by luxury clothing manufacturer, Pringle of Scotland.Fact|date=November 2007

As a knitting pattern, argyle is generally accomplished using the "intarsia" technique.

Bay-Area socialite Ethan Caflisch is widely believed to have popularized the sock design during the 1930s.


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  • Argyle — is an archaic spelling of Argyll, now part of the Argyll and Bute council area in western Scotland. As a result, the name Argyle has also been used by Scottish emigrants as the name of several locations. It is also found with some other… …   Wikipedia

  • argyle — [är′gīl΄] adj. [after ARGYLL: the pattern is adapted from a clan tartan of Argyll] knitted or woven in a pattern of diamond shaped figures of different colors n. [pl.] argyle socks …   English World dictionary

  • Argyle — (n.) diamond shaped pattern of two or more colors in fabric, said to be so called from similarity to tartans worn by Campbell clan of Argyll, Scotland. The place name is lit. land of the Gaels, from O.Ir. airer country. Argyle socks is from 1935 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Argyle —    In western Scotland in a county named Argyllshire lived a duke of Argyle, the head of the Campbell clan. According to Brewer s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, the uke had a series of posts erected around the treeless part of his est e so that… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • argyle — also argyll noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Argyle, Argyll, branch of the Scottish clan of Campbell, from whose tartan the design was adapted Date: 1899 a geometric knitting pattern of varicolored diamonds in solid and outline shapes on… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • argyle — noun 1. a covered gravy holder of silver or other metal containing a detachable central vessel for hot water to keep the gravy warm • Syn: ↑argyll • Hypernyms: ↑gravy boat, ↑gravy holder, ↑sauceboat, ↑boat 2. a design consisting of a pattern of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • argyle — UK [ɑː(r)ˈɡaɪl] / US [ɑrˈɡaɪl] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms argyle : singular argyle plural argyles a pattern on clothing such as socks or jumpers, consisting of different coloured diamond shapes …   English dictionary

  • argyle — /ahr guyl/, (often cap.) adj. 1. (of knitted articles) having a diamond shaped pattern in two or more colors. n. 2. a diamond shaped pattern of two or more colors, used in knitting socks, sweaters, etc. 3. a sock having this pattern. [1790 1800;… …   Universalium

  • argyle — adj. having a diamond shaped pattern in two or more colors (often used in knitting) n. knit sock with diamond pattern; diamond pattern used in knitting; type of container for holding gravy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • argyle — /ˈagaɪl/ (say ahguyl) noun 1. a diamond shaped pattern of two or more colours, used in knitting socks, sweaters, etc. –adjective 2. having such a pattern. {variant of Argyll, the pattern being adapted from the tartan of the Argyll clan} …   Australian English dictionary